from Monday, March24th of the year2008.
Did everybody see this crazy article? It’s about a boy in Fayetteville, Arkansas, who is the target of repeated bullying. What’s interesting about the article is, first of all, I seriously wonder what having an article printed in the Times can do about it “” maybe the idea is to shame the school district into being more proactive in preventing it? Wildly, the Times also has a slide show of this boy’s bruises, which he and his parents documented and date stamped. There is also a really, really weird editorial moment by Dan Barry, the author. Check out this paragraph and paragraph fragment:
In ninth grade, a couple of the same boys started a Facebook page called “Every One That Hates Billy Wolfe.” It featured a photograph of Billy’s face superimposed over a likeness of Peter Pan, and provided this description of its purpose: “There is no reason anyone should like billy he’s a little bitch. And a homosexual that NO ONE LIKES.”
Heh-heh? What? What’s that doing in there. I don’t get the position of that interjection. Is he parodying the oppressor? That reminds me of an article in 2001 that my then-roommate and I were obsessed with, an article that came out in December, 2001, about Afghanistan:
Last week, as the season’s first snowflakes were whipped by the wind, some wondered whether hunger or cold would be first to claim their children. “Look at my boy, he has nothing on his bones,” said Abdul Hussain, holding a feverish 2-year-old in his arms in Shebertoo. The child, wearing a sweater and vest but no shoes, was making faint, pitiful sounds: eh, eh. His legs were as thin as saplings. “He becomes weaker every day,” the father said. “Maybe I have brought him home to die.”
How wild is that “eh, eh.” I wonder if they tried the paragraph without it and then put it back in for Ethnic Flavor? Totally weird.
Anyway, Billy Wolfe, poor thing! I hope this article does something for somebody somewhere. Maybe the next time some kid gets teased he can say, I’ma make the Times do an exposé. Here is my little reaction, basically a Steve Reich homage and an excuse to use my new zither sample library:[audio:Billy.mp3]
(I took the audio from the Times here).